Responsible conduct of research

Responsibilities outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is a guide for the responsible research conduct in Australia. It is written specifically for universities and other public sector research institutions. Compliance with the Code is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council Funding.

The Code outlines a range of researcher responsibilities including general responsibilities for maintaining high standards of research and specific responsibilities for the management of research data. The relevant sections of the code are listed below.

1.6 Maintain high standards of responsible research
1.7 Report research responsibly
1.8 Respect research participants
2.5 Retain research data and primary materials
2.6 Manage storage of research data and primary materials
2.7 Maintain confidentiality of research data and primary materials


It is clear from the Code that researchers must "manage data according to ethical protocols and relevant legislation". It is therefore important that researchers understand their legal and ethical responsibilities.